Having both of our girls invited to compete in the inaugural Barbet showing at the Westminster Kennel Club was a dream come true. The results made us very proud as Solene, beautifully shown by our great friend Justin Smithey won Best of Breed. Solene's daughter Flynn, shown by Judy, was Select Bitch. Sincere thanks to the Westminster Kennel Club for putting on such a beautiful event outdoors at Lyndhurst Castle during the covid delays. With Bourbon's second Reserve Best in Show, these truly were the best of days.
Friday, June 25, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021
Friday, December 18, 2020
Every December we travel to Orlando, Florida for the largest AKC event of the year, the AKC National Championship. Normally there are 4,000 dogs entered in conformation, dock diving, agility, obedience, and fastcat. With covid protocols in place, entries were still near 4,000 and no spectators were allowed. By now we've gotten used to showing in masks using social distancing and the competition was keen throughout the week. Shows are held Tuesday through Saturday with different judges each day.
Tuesday, December 8th, Flynn kicked off the show with Select, Best of Breed Owner Handler, and a Group 4 in the Owner Handler Sporting Group judged by Linda Robey.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
We've been having a really nice fall with the dogs. Going to a few dog shows, lure coursing with Russell, and contemplating our next steps breeding a few litters in 2021. On the horizon, we plan to breed Dana and Jessa, but at this point nothing is firm. As always, we do not maintain a waiting list and cannot promise anyone a puppy until a litter is delivered.
Celebrating the success of Solene and Flynn, we share our page in the Canine Chronicle Nov/Dec issue. This mother/daughter duo are both AKC champions and in the top of the AKC standings for 2020.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Solene wins NOHS Reserve Best in Show at the New Castle Kennel Club, Canfield, OH
NOHS RBIS CH Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Lucky Jessa is spending the summer in Tennessee with our dear friends while we are busy with the puppies. Jess has never been in a pool until this week. Looks like she is a natural water dog!
Thursday, June 4, 2020
As a breeder, exhibitor, and long time board member of the Barbet Club of America, Judy is instrumental in promoting the Barbet in the United States. Also involved with Whippets since 1985, Judy lives at Hickory Tavern Farm and is the delegate for the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association.
Where do you live? What do you do “outside” of dogs?
Hickory, Pennsylvania. Gardening, cycling, boating, and our Maryland lake house take up our ‘non-dog’ time.
How has the breed’s recent AKC recognition affected you?
Being part of the regular Sporting group has changed how much we are showing Barbet. Competing for real group placements and Grand Championships is much more fulfilling than our years in Miscellaneous. There is more awareness of the breed among dog people.
What special challenges do breeders face in our current economic and social climate?
The global pandemic has affected and limited our breeding plans although the market for pet puppies has never been stronger.
What definite signs of show-worthiness are you looking for in your puppies?
I am always attracted to the wide, thick, square, substantial pups who have enough neck and a strong topline. In addition to all the pieces of conformation and carriage, I want to see a puppy who stands well over her feet and thinks a lot of herself. I spend most of my time watching the puppies loose in the yard and I am continually noting who stands out.
What is the most important thing about the breed for a new judge to keep in mind?
It’s important for judges to remember that the Barbet is a Sporting retriever and should not be evaluated solely on the hair. Under the coat the dog should have hard fitness, strong, sound skeletal construction, substance without coarseness, and an attitude of playful exuberance. The profuse coat should be the well-conditioned finish on a dog with smart carriage.
What’s the best way to attract newcomers to your breed and to the sport?
I wish I knew the answer to this. I would love to see Barbet gain more serious breeders who can thoughtfully produce a consistent, quality type.
What is your goal as a breeder?
The perfect Barbet exists in my head and my goal is to breed a high quality, healthy, recognizable family of dogs who maintain similar type, carriage, attitude and conformation. I am pleased with how they’re improving as we go and each one of them has attributes that I value; the goal is consistently putting it all together in one dog.
What is your favorite dog show memory? My favorite Barbet memory is winning the breed with Flynn (Ch. Hickory Tavern Wish Upon A Star CM DS FDC) under Jamie Hubbard at the first Barbet club show in Orlando. Otherwise, it’s absolutely Westminster 2020 with Bourbon winning the Hound group and Reserve Best in Show.
Monday, April 13, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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Monday, March 2, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
|Dallas at Pompey's Pillar National Monument, along the Lewis & Clark Trail in Montana|